Four students from India also part of the top-50 list for the Global Student Prize
Two teachers from India -- Satyam Mishra and Meghana Musunuri -- have been shortlisted for the Global Teacher Prize 2021. Mishra is a mathematics teacher from Bhagalpur, Bihar while Musunuri is a social studies, English and math teacher from Hyderabad.
The Global Teacher Prize 2021 is a $1-million award organised by the Varkey Foundation partnered by UNESCO. The prize this year had more than 8,000 nominations and applications from 121 countries.
The top 50 nominations were announced on September 9. The prize money can be used by the winners in their work towards education.
“UNESCO is a proud partner of the Global Teacher Prize, which has done so much to highlight teachers’ transformational role in young people’s lives. Inspirational teachers and extraordinary students alike deserve recognition for their commitment to education amid the learning crisis we see today,” said UNESCO’s assistant director-general for education.
Mishra from Bihar wants to erase the fear of Mathematics from students’ minds, devising new ways to make the subject more interesting and appealing for them.
Musunuri from Hyderabad is a philanthropist, education futurist and passionate entrepreneur. She is the founder and chairperson of Fountainhead Global School and Junior College. She is also the champion of Google’s Women Entrepreneurs on the Web (WEOW) who guides women entrepreneurs in establishing an online presence.
Last year, Ranjitsinh Disale, a government school teacher from Maharashtra, won the Global Teacher Prize and shared half of the prize money with the nine other finalists.
The Global Student Prize 2021, introduced from this year, also has four Indians among the finalists. It will be awarded to an exceptional student who has been impacting the lives of peers and society through education.
Kaif Ali, a 21-year-old from New Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia; 23-year-old Ayushi Gupta from IIM Ahmedabad; Jharkhand’s 17-year-old Seema Kumari; and 24-year-old Vipin Kumar Sharma from Central University of Haryana have been shortlisted from more than 3,500 entries for the students’ category across 94 countries.
The prize money was $50,000, which has been doubled to $100,000.
Students shortlisted for the Global Student Prize will be assessed on their academic achievement; a good influence on their peers; how they make a change in the community; the odds they overcome; their demonstration of innovation; and how they operate as global citizens.
The award ceremony for both the prizes will be held in Paris in November.
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